Floods Kill 55 in China, 1 Million FleeBy VOA News
15 June 2008

People wade through a flooded street in Guangzhou, capital of southern China's Guangdong Province, 14 Jun 2008Heavy rains in eastern and southern China have killed at least 55 people and forced more than a million others to flee their homes.

China's news media also reported Saturday that seven people are missing after torrential rain pelted nine Chinese provinces over the past week.

Officials say nearly 1.3 million people have been evacuated from the hardest-hit regions, including the prosperous Guangdong province.

The official Xinhua news agency reports that the flooding in the Pearl River delta is the worst in 50 years.

It says the rains have washed away some roads and submerged farmland across the nine provinces. Many areas have been hit by landslides.

More rain is expected in the area in the next 10 days.

Television footage showed people rowing boats in towns along the Xijiang River in southern China. Sichuan province, which is still reeling from the May 12 earthquake, has also been affected by the heavy rains.

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